Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday took over the headquarters of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), following protests by party members alleging that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun ,was imposing candidates on them ahead of the July local government elections.
The protesters had planned to stage another protest at the ACN secretariat after they had protested at the home of the party chieftain, Olusegun Osoba, who was a former governor of the state.
But the police authorities got wind of the plan from the party leadership and laid siege at the party’s headquarters. They came in two pick-up vans.
The protesters were shocked when they arrived at the secretariat with anti-Amosun’s placards and found a team of police men who looked battle ready, they turned away.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the state executives of the party went into hiding to avoid being hurt as allegedly planned by the protesters.
The police guarded the gate to the secretariat and ordered party members to keep distance from the place.
However, the angry protesters remained adamant and stayed opposite the secretariat hoping that party officials would come around.
The governor of the State, Ibikunle Amosun, had at a stakeholders meeting earlier, appealed to party members to shun violence.
“ACN is a party of ideas not known for any form of violence. All of you are eminently qualified but it is not possible for two people to occupy the seat of the chairman. Therefore we must come together before and after the election as one family and join hands with those elected to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people.’ Mr. Amosun said.
The party state chairman, Tajudeen Bello, at the same meeting, said the candidates were selected following a rigorous exercise conducted by consultants after going round all the twenty local government areas of the state.
He advised the candidates to abide by party rules and regulations as well as contents of the undertaking signed.
Mr. Bello urged the candidates to remain committed to the party’s ideals, pledging that the party would not disappoint other aspirants who failed to get the tickets for the elections.